According to the Konkan Railway, at least 26 people on the Goa-Mumbai Tejas express were taken ill on Sunday, after consuming food served by the Railways’ catering wing.
Konkan Railway chairman and managing director, Sanjay Gupta Told PTI that the passengers, who were headed towards Mumbai, complained of uneasiness after consuming food served by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) on the Tejas Express.
Passengers began complaining of uneasiness after breakfast was served to them between 9.30am and 10am. Passenger Ashma Naik said, “We started experiencing nausea after having soup,” said Naik, who was travelling with three kids.
After receiving an alert at around 3 pm, the train was stopped at Chiplun station at 3:15 pm. All the passengers were rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment.
LK Verma, the chief spokesperson of Konkan Railway said, “Twenty-five passengers were treated at the Lifecare hospital of Chiplun and one six-year child is admitted at Sane Hospital for pediatric treatment.”
He further added that they have made all the necessary arrangements for the relatives of the admitted passengers.
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None of the patients are serious according to the Konkan Railway chairman.
IRCTC, which takes care of onboard catering on the train, said breakfast of either omelettes or vegetarian cutlets had been served to 230 passengers. Passengers were also served soup before lunch.
“Seven passengers complained of nausea and were attended by the on-board supervisor. Meanwhile two groups of passengers numbering 15 also complained of nausea. A passenger on board, who is a doctor, attended to them,” said the IRCTC spokesperson.
IRCTC has also collected food samples including the sachets of the soup for testing and carried out the inspection of the base kitchen of the contractor. It has also ordered an inquiry into the incident.
“A show-cause notice has been served on the catering contractor and a strict action is will be taken if found guilty,” said IRCTC spokesperson, adding that group general manager IRCTC has preceded to Chiplun for coordination at the hospital for all arrangements.
Passenger activists demanded stern action against IRCTC officials and the contractor. “IRCTC is playing with the lives of the passengers,” said Subhash Gupta, a passenger activist.
Information source: firstpost